Henrico County News
By Tom Lappas, Citizen Editor 12/20/2013 Government
Changes to the way stormwater runoff is required to be mitigated from new development sites could cost developers, Henrico County – and ultimately property owners – more money, while forcing the county to end its successful watershed management program and environmental fund, which have been used to rehabilitate streams countywide since 2001.
Henrico and all state localities must amend their local codes by July 1 to reflect new stormwater quality standards adopted in 2011 by the Virginia Soil and Water Conservation Board and other new standards required by the Virginia Department of Environmental Quality and federal Environmental Protection Agency. > Read more.
By Tom Lappas, Citizen Editor 11/27/2013 Government
UPDATED: NOV. 27, 1:15 P.M. – The closest statewide election in the history of Virginia politics is headed for a recount, and Henrico County officials are preparing to play their part.
The State Board of Elections Nov. 25 certified Democrat Mark Herring as the winner of the election, by a mere 165 votes over Republican Mark Obenshain – about seven one-thousands of one percent among the more than 2.2 million votes cast.
Today, Obenshain petitioned the Richmond Circuit Court for a recount, beginning a process that last was utilized in Virginia eight years ago in another race for attorney general. In that election, Democrat Creigh Deeds petitioned for a recount after losing to Republican Bob McDonnell by 323 votes, but the recount concluded that McDonnell had actually won by 360 votes.
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Citizen Staff Reports 11/26/2013 Education
Students from Godwin, Hermitage, Highland Springs and Varina high schools, as well as the GRAD Center at PLC, attended the fourth annual Diversity Dialogue Day, sponsored by the Virginia Center for Inclusive Communities Nov. 14 at the University of Richmond.
In total, more than 150 10th, 11th and 12th grade students and educators from high schools in the region attended the event, which offered a hands-on workshop to teach lessons about diversity, discrimination and respect. > Read more.
Citizen Staff Reports 11/26/2013 Government
Henrico County Public Library earned a Star Library designation from Library Journal based on national rankings that consider per-capita circulation, visits, program attendance and public computer access.
HCPL received a Star Library honor for the first time and was among six library systems in Virginia and 263 libraries or library systems in the United States recognized in 2013. > Read more.
Citizen Staff Reports 11/26/2013 Education
In preparation for Thanksgiving, the Citizen asked two Echo Lake Elementary School kindergarten classes to answer questions about the holiday. Their responses appear below.
Why do we celebrate Thanksgiving?
Because it’s fun. –Addison
So we can celebrate what we’re thankful for. –Autumn
For turkeys. –Brendan > Read more.
By Eileen Mellon, Special to the Citizen 11/25/2013 Features
Twenty-eight year-old Henrico native Ashley Blankenship moved to New York City last year to continue the pursuit of her dream of acting.
The decision is beginning to pay off for her in a big way: Blankenship recently became the advertising face of Arizona Tea, and she has earned roles in a number of television shows and movies.
Blankenship, who attended Hermitage High School and the Center for the Arts at Henrico High, has known from an early age what her passion was. > Read more.
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By Sarah Story, Citizen Events Editor 03/21/2013
Learn about Oliver Hill Sr., laugh with Groucho Marx, solve Agatha Christie’s murder mystery and explore “The Jabberwocky” – theater is alive this weekend in Henrico! Can’t afford all these great performances? Try a couponing workshop at Glen Allen Library. For all our top picks this weekend, click here! > Read more.
By Sarah Story, Citizen Events Editor 03/14/2013
Celebrate St. Patrick’s Day with a variety of beers, Irish ensemble Danú and head shaving for charity! If you’re not feeling the luck of the Irish, you can still take in some musical entertainment with the Russian National Ballet or Soundworks Chorus, or join your furry friends at Paws in the Park at Dorey Park. For all our top picks this weekend, click here! > Read more.
Deep Run High School’s 2013 Marathon Dance, a student-run function that aims to raise money for organizations around the community, will be held March 15-16 in the school’s gymnasium. In its seven-year history, the dance has raised more than $863,000, and this year the students’ goal is to break the $1 million mark. The event has progressed from a small dance in the high school gym to an event that brings the entire community together. > Read more.
Is your child obsessed with trucks? Or police cars, ambulances, bulldozers or tractor trailers? Then you need to attend the popular Touch a Truck event tomorrow at RIR, sponsored by the Junior League of Richmond. If you’re interested in hearing some music this weekend, check out Debra Wagoner’s portrayal of Patsy Cline, folk singer Sarah McQuaid or the classic film “Singin’ in the Rain.” For all our top picks this weekend, click here! > Read more.
The Henrico campus of Stratford University will host a Food and Culture Festival on Saturday, Oct. 5 from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. It will feature food from around the world, three culinary competitions, cultural entertainment and more.
Stratford has partnered with ClearChannel radio to present the Richmond Best Chefs Competition, where local budding chefs have the opportunity to compete for scholarship prizes. Radio personalities from Q94, XL102 and 106.5 The Beat will be competing against each other in a Best Radio Chef Competition. > Read more.
The CAT Theatre celebrated its 50th anniversary last month, as patrons, actors and crew members gathered at Burkwood Swim and Racquet Club in Mechanicsville for a fund-raising auction that included memories, tributes and live entertainment.
“CAT Theatre is a wonderful theatre tradition here in Richmond that blends old friends and new,” said Board President H. Lynn Smith, “And we have an exciting season lined up to begin our next 50 years.” > Read more.